This draft was hailed as one of the best wide receiving crops ever.
And the Packers proved why on Saturday by getting Jared Abbrederis with the 176th overall pick.
Abbrederis was a first team All-Big Ten selection the last two years â€” and the most amazing thing is that he did it despite catching passes from an inefficient and inaccurate quarterback. He also didnâ€™t have a legit No. 2 complementary receiver the last two years, but he continued to get better even though defenses were clearly zeroing in on stopping him, and him only, in the passing game.
So how does a wiry kid with Wisconsin roots end up getting better each year in college? The easy answer is that he runs routes very well, which he does run with surgeon-like precision. But the reason he is amazing in the passing game is because he understands the process having won a state title as an option quarterback in high school. He also was a quarterback on the scout team at Wisconsin.
He may be a receiver but he scans the field like a quarterback. He looks to see what the defense is going to allow and then he just attacks it with his crisp route running.
Abbrederis went to Wisconsin with the intention of running track. After asking a football coach if he could walk-on, he was able to get his foot in the door and he hasnâ€™t looked back since.
Itâ€™s an excellent pick and not just because he grew up about 85 miles from the Lambeau Field steps. Itâ€™s because he has a high football IQ and isnâ€™t afraid to prove people wrong.
Jared Abbrederis: A+
The Packers already have one heat-seeking ball hawk at outside linebacker.
They just got another one with the 121st overall pick in Carl Bradford. Now, Iâ€™m not even saying that Bradford is in Clay Matthewsâ€™ stratosphere for talent but he is in the same zip code for intensity. And thatâ€™s saying something, because we all know how hard Mathews plays.